Martin is chief executive of Arriva, one of Europe’s largest passenger transport providers, which is part of Deutsche Bahn, a leading worldwide provider of transport and logistics services. He is a qualified accountant with many years of general management experience and has been engaged in the public transport industry since 1986. He joined the Arriva board in 1998 with specific responsibility for the group’s international operations and development and has been chief executive since 2006 and oversaw its purchase by Deutsche Bahn in August 2010.
The group previously announced that John Jarvis is to retire from the Board at the conclusion of the group’s AGM in 2014. Jarvis has been an independent non-executive director since July 2006 and is chairman of the board’s Remuneration Committee. In due course, Martin will succeed Jarvis as chairman of the Remuneration Committee.
Commenting on the appointment, Ladbrokes chairman Peter Erskine said: “I am delighted to welcome David to the board. His extensive management experience, notably of international operations, is particularly relevant at this stage of the group’s development and will complement the existing skills of the board. I would also like to extend my thanks to John for his significant contribution to the deliberations of the Board over many years and we wish him well in his future retirement.”